Not all wrinkle remedies come from a bottle or a surgeon’s scalpel. Facial massage can be an alternative way to stimulate circulation and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, according to Elle Canada. Knowing different methods of facial massage can help you find a technique that works for you.
Circular Massage Method
You can perform a facial massage at home with only a few products, according to the Massage Therapy 101 website. You should begin by cleansing the face and hands; this prevents bacteria and oils from entering the pores. You can use moisturizer as your massage oil. If your skin is acne-prone, it’s important to avoid using a product that contains oil, as it can lead to further breakouts. Massage for about 20 minutes using gentle, circular motions. Rub commonly wrinkled areas, such as the forehead, cheeks and mouth.
The patting method is an alternative form of facial massage from Monika Struna, the author of “Self-Massage,” who is interviewed on MotherNature.com, a website devoted to health and wellness. To perform, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lean forward slightly and pat your face with the bottom side of your fingers. Your right hand should pat the right side of your face, and your left hand should pat the left side of your face. Continue for 15 to 20 seconds to invigorate the skin.
The best time of day to perform a wrinkle-relieving facial massage is first thing in the morning, according to Massage Therapy 101. Because your circulation is reduced while you are asleep, a facial massage first thing in the morning can boost circulation and reduce puffiness due to water retention.
When performed regularly, facial massage can stimulate circulation, according to Elle Canada. This brings nourishing blood to the skin, stimulating cell growth. Facial massage also can tighten facial muscles and release tension, which can provide immediately noticeable effects, such as increased radiance.
Take care when you are massaging the face. The skin tends to be more delicate than on other areas of the body. Using a lotion or moisturizer to help the fingers slide more easily can prevent skin tearing and damage. Stay away from the delicate undereye area.
Rachel Nall began writing in 2003. She is a former managing editor for custom health publications, including physician journals. She has written for The Associated Press and "Jezebel," "Charleston," "Chatter" and "Reach" magazines. Nall is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee.